A Burns supper, bagpipes..and..Haggis.

Posted: January 14, 2011 in Masonic, Uncategorized
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Robert Burns (25 January 1759 – 21 July 1796) (also known as Rabbie Burns), was a Scottish poet and a lyricist. He is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland, and is celebrated worldwide His poem (and song) Auld Lang Syne which is often sung on the last day of the year.

Robert Burns was initiated into Masonic Lodge St David on 4 July 1781, when he was 22. He was passed and raised on 1 October 1781. Later his lodge became dormant and Burns joined Lodge St James Tarbolton Kilwinning.

Although regularly meeting in Tarbolton, the “Burns Lodge” also removed itself to hold meetings in Mauchline. During 1784 he was heavily involved in Lodge business, attending all nine meetings, passing and raising brethren and generally running the Lodge. In 1785 he was equally involved as Depute Master, where he again attended all nine lodge meetings amongst other duties of the Lodge. During 1785 he initiated and passed his brother Gilbert being raised on 1 March 1788.


On the morning of 21 July 1796, Robert Burns died in Dumfries at the age of 37

On the anniversary of his birth, at the first meeting of the year, Scottish Masonic lodges both at home and abroad celebrate Robert Burns with a supper, where they address the haggis (containing sheep’s pluck( heart, liver and lungs), minced with onion, oatmeal, suet, spices, and salt, mixed with stock, and traditionally simmered in the animal’s stomach for approximately three hours), the ladies and whisky.


The bagpipers playing beautiful traditional highland tunes

The ceremonial haggis

W. Bro Bill Barry giving the traditional “address to the Haggis”

W. Bro Joe Sturgeon  reciting the “Immortal Memory”


W. Bro Alex Moir reciting and giving a fantastic performance of the “Tam O’ Shanter”


  1. Dad says:

    Fantastic tradition that is observed once a year. I am amazed that you would ever eat Haggis

  2. Darrin says:

    Excellent pic’s. Alec’s Tam O’ Shanter always brilliant.
    Maybe post a few pic’s of Bill carving up the Haggis?

  3. Love bagpipes! Very traditional and “goosebumpy” !!!
    Did you have a taste of the haggis? Eeww .. I wouldn’t be able to, I don’t think!

  4. carldem says:

    The haggis you see on the pic is only the one for the “address’ where it was hacked while reciting the whole piece..They also made a large haggis which everyone had for dinner.

  5. Rick says:

    haggi is not that bad I think,,,, it’s just like meat for me, nothing extraordinary =))) or maybe the one I had was not that much traditional Scottish ?? =))
    btw I was in Armenia for Burns: http://blogs.fco.gov.uk/roller/lonsdale/

  6. […] got to experience a brilliant depiction of the “address to the haggis” at the   Brakpan Burns evening, the Scottish Lodge he belonged […]

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